Parrish Smith’s debut album ‘Light, Cruel & Vain’
Parrish Smith is never one to let you breathe easy. As a DJ, he’s become synonymous with high-velocity sets and his distinct array of obscure sounds. Meanwhile, however, he has been carefully constructing his own musical idiom.
Light, Cruel & Vain is his debut album, which is set to release on May 20th 2022 on Dekmantel Records.
A compilation of‘imperfect music’, the record is shrouded in the artist’s characteristic veil of mystery. As always, his sound cuts and chokes yet this record offers a new, longer, lighter gulp of air. Here, Parrish Smith bares his most private process so far: one of personal transformation and becoming a better version of oneself.
Light Cruel & Vain was formed over a period of almost three years, following nearly a decade of individual experimentation. While LC&V reflects a process of introspection, the project also represents the birth and growth of a band. Each track is based on a solo idea, developed in conversation with contributing musicians Sofiane Brahmi and Javier Vivancos, then finalized by the producer. The collaborative process brought together niches that wouldn’t typically meet, allowing music to emerge that transcends boundaries. In the making of LC&V, no conventional studio sessions occurred; due to COVID-19, the full collaboration process was a remote affair.
Parrish Smith’s prevailing mantra: ‘No elitism, no prejudices, no genre. Hypnotic, tense, comprehensible – a state of mind.’ best describes the LC&V sound(s). Tapping into all irreverent niches close to his heart – noise, punk, industrial, electronic, and even pop – Parrish Smith refuses to foreground one influence over another, instead layering and warping his personal interpretations of each.
The single, Never Break Faith and album, Light, Cruel & Vain are available for pre-order here, both digitally and on vinyl.